Busay Olanen | Things to do in Bani-Pangasinan
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|Address:||Bani, Bani, Pangasinan|
Sometimes the most inspiring stories are found in the unlikeliest of places, and JL’s Organic Mushroom Farm is a testament to this. Despite being scammed twice over the last few years, the owners have persevered and stay hopeful despite currently staggered production. The organic farm is capable of producing up to 100 kilograms of white and grey oyster mushrooms per day, yielding delectable crops that are as yummy as they are versatile. Just think: tempura mushrooms, mushroom tinola, and pickled mushrooms. Yum!
Between its current 72 members, this organization owns 120 hectares of land between them and makes delicious food stuff and other items that are perfect for souvenirs. You have the chance to buy these at the municipality, trade fairs in Manila, or at their center in Bani, where you can witness firsthand how they create their delicious and stunning goods. Their basi (sugarcane wine) is a must-try, along with their zero-preservative peanut butter and specialty spicy suka (vinegar). It’s their bags, however, which are made from cornhusks and organic dyes (sapang or treebark, and kunig or turnip) that truly stand out. Each takes around 3 weeks to make and are priced at around PHP1,400 each, but are extremely durable and showcase the community’s craftsmanship.
The original town of Bani used to lie in the Sitio of San Simon. The myth goes that the statue of the Immaculate Conception that the Spaniards brought to the town disappeared one day, only to be found later on top of a particular Bani tree. The townspeople returned the statue only to have it reappear on the tree again, so they decided to build a church there, which now stands as the Immaculate Conception Parish. Eventually the rest of the town relocated, and the original Bani tree still lie in the church’s courtyard.
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What started out as a way to accommodate visiting friends turned into an entire lifestyle change for Glory and George Wilson in 2000. Years later, they've turned their 3-hectare beachside property into a sprawling resort in Sitio Surip, known as a lookout point and was so named for the large rock (resembling an Easter Island head) on one of its cliffs (surip also means silip, which means to sneak a peek at). Visitors can opt to hang out for the day or pitch their own tent on the beach for PHP150, or rent out one of their rooms or suites for the night. Visitors may come for the proximity to pilgrimage sites and underwater caves that you can scuba dive to, but they stay for the freshly-caught seafood platter, the restaurant's specialty and the incredible hospitality.
Situated between Alaminos and Bolinao, Pangasinan lies a hidden paradise in the town of Bani — Oldwoods by the Sea Nature Resort. It is a cozy mountain resort with breathtaking views of the West Philippine Sea.The most striking feature of this Pangasinan resort is how it was built to blend in with the natural elements of the area. One can expect to walk among the unaltered trees and gardens along its grounds, making it a tranquil retreat spot for those looking for a quiet vacation.For more adventure, the resort is also near some of the best beach destinations in Pangasinan: The Hundred Islands National Park, Patar Beach, and Surip Beach. Here, you can go snorkeling, island hopping, and cliff diving.
Getting there and around
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